Saturday, August 8, 2009

When to go to Cortisone?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 3:41 PM

When should you get a cortisone shot for aching joints so you can keep playing sports?

How long will the benefits last, and how long before you plan to compete should you take it?

My right knee, which was "scoped" for meniscus tears and arthritis ten years ago, got better a few years ago, but not it's hurting again. I think two ten-hour drives on vacation did a number on it. Ibuprofen isn't doing much good. I can't bend it much and have trouble getting in and out of a car, walking down stairs (up is ok), and getting off the toilet. Kneeling and jogging are out of the question. If that's not impairment of normal routine, I don't know what is.

I play tennis on hard courts once a week and squash four times a week but I'm slower than usual. I have a squash tournament coming up in three weeks.

I had one cortisone shot ten years ago, and the needle hurt like hell. I think it did some good, though. A friend my age with knee problems has had good results that let him get back on the tennis court.

How soon before a tournament should someone have a shot? How long can the benefits be expected to last? And how many more can you have if the symptoms persist?

I'd welcome comments from trainers, athletes, and physicians.

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